Mr. Eugene Nelson Gardner, age 69, of Worthington Springs, FL, passed away on June 20, at UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville, FL. Gene was born on August 8, 1949, in Chesterfield, SC, to James Clifton Gardner, Sr., and Edith Howle Gardner. While in South Carolina, he worked at the Delta Mills water plant and was a member of Lower Macedonia Baptist Church. He then moved, with his father, to West Palm Beach, FL, where he met the love of his life, Linda Davis, and would go on to marry her in 1984. In 2007, they relocated to Lake Butler, FL to be close to family. Once in north Florida, Gene took a job with Home Depot, working in their lumber department until his retirement in 2015. He was a skillful dancer, had a green thumb, and enjoyed taking care of his farm animals. Gene is preceded in death by his father, James Clifton Gardner, Sr.
Mr. Gardner is survived by his wife of nearly 35 years, Linda Lee Gardner of Worthington Springs, FL; two daughters, Michelle Hancock of California and Genia (Alex) Curlington of Florence, SC; his fur buddy Sparky; mother, Edith Howle Gardner of Chesterfield, SC; brother, Jim (Tammy) Gardner of Chesterfield, SC; sisters, Paula (Craig) Leviner of Winterville, NC and Renee (Gilbert) King of Chesterfield, SC; and 6 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, and 3 step- grandchildren also survive.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Archer Funeral Home. 386-496-2008. www.archerfuneralhome.com
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